Art is an important and integral part of the curriculum at Gordonbrock. Every term has a new focus which is shared across the whole school from Early Years to Year 6, incorporating skills such as drawing, painting, printing, 3D model making/sculpture, textiles and collage. Our themes are often based around particular paintings, such as the ‘Take One Picture’ project organised by the National Gallery, or the work of famous artists. We are passionate about our links with local artists and specialist art teachers. During the summer term many of our children had the opportunity to work with a range of artists which culminated in our very successful ‘Inspired by Brockley’ exhibition.
All the children from Year 1 upwards use high quality sketchbooks to record their emotional responses to art and to show the progression of their skills. Throughout Early Years and into Key Stage One, the children are given daily opportunities to draw, paint, collage and build, using a wide range of resources.
Whenever possible, we link our art to the children’s context for learning. A recent focus has been Drawing and Painting, with the children learning new techniques and practising their observational drawing skills. In KS1, the children drew teddy bears linked to their ‘Toys’ topic and arranged and drew their own still life pictures based on objects linked to the Great Fire of London. Up and coming projects will involve looking at different sculptures and 3D artists and creating our own 3D art, including Egyptian masks, clay pots and mosaics.
At Gordonbrock, we are immensely proud of the art the children produce. We like to celebrate their achievements and there are many Art displays and exhibits around our school. Whenever you are in school, do look around and see all the creativity on display.
Charlotte Bradbury, Art Co-Ordinator